E3, the world's biggest gaming event, has been and gone for another year, leaving us with a handful of awesome-looking mobile experiences to look out for...
The Electronics Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is the gaming world’s biggest annual event. Over the years it’s acted as the stage from which new consoles, technologies, and thousands of headline-grabbing games have been unveiled. But, in 2018, it’s not just console and PC gaming getting the attention at E3: this year the mobile space has seen its fair share of big new games, too.
But with so much news coming from just one show, it can be tricky to keep up with what’s what. That’s why we’ve sifted through every announcement to find the gaming news that matters…
E3 2018’s biggest mobile news
Elder Scrolls: Blades
A brief announcement teaser for The Elder Scrolls VI – the true successor to Skyrim – may have stolen Bethesda’s E3 show, but there was still room for a sneaky mobile Elder Scrolls game to make waves, too. Enter: Blades, a dungeon-crawling game with console quality graphics, but it’s a slightly different beast from the likes of Skyrim and other open-world brawlers.
In it, you’ll be gently guided through a barrage of linear passages crawling with foes to battle. It can all done with a single thumb while you hold your phone up in portrait orientation – making Elder Scrolls: Blades the perfect match for people who those who love to game on the move.
Command & Conquer: Rivals
The C&C name will no doubt surface fond memories for any old-school PC strategists out there, but younger gamers may not recognise the name because it’s fallen into relative obscurity – the last game in the series came out way back in 2002. At this year’s E3, however, EA decided to resurrect the franchise for mobile, with real-time player-vs-player gameplay.
As always, the tactics lie in using your resources wisely ¬– and toeing the line between attack and defense – with you and your rival dumped at opposite ends of a map and told to duke it out. Sound simple? It’s as deep as it gets.
Fortnite on Android
If you’ve not heard of Fortnite, you… Well… You’ve probably heard of Fortnite. The battle royale goliath that’s quickly become nothing short of a global, overnight phenomenon has already landed on iOS, letting gamers get in on the action – and play against others on console and PC – on the go. The game has also just landed on Nintendo Switch, bringing even more players into the fold.
But at E3 we got a little bit closer to a firm Android release date too, with developer Epic Games tweeting that its launch on phones running Google’s operating system will happen some time this ‘summer’. That’s about as specific as we have at the moment but, hey, at least it’s something.
We’re short on details at present but, judging by the trailer, Gears: Pop! looks set to take the gritty, hard-boiled sci-fi of the Gears of War franchise and cutesy it up by way of a partnership with Funko Pop toys – makers of the kind of adorable desktop figurines you can see in the short trailer below.
The result is a mobile game that promises an all new (mystery) gameplay style, but one rooted firmly in the Gears mythos. It’s got us intrigued.
Microsoft streaming service
With the Steam Link app doing an amazing job of letting PC gamers stream their favourite titles to their smartphones, it was only a matter of time before the other big players got in on the action.
Case in point? Microsoft, which dedicated some E3 keynote time to announce that it was working on a game streaming service that will offer “console-quality gaming on any device.” There’s no current release date – nor any details beyond that scant promise, but if we can soon expect to be able to play Xbox One games on our smartphones, then we’re excited.
E3 2018: Online gaming giants
All that mobile goodness is great, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some of the bigger console games announced at the show – especially the ones with online play that’ll really benefit from Vodafone Broadband!
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Bethesda’s next big Fallout title is an online-only behemoth of a game, set before any of the other titles in the series. Imagine playing Fallout 4, except where the raiders are real people instead of NPCs (non-player characters), and you’re just about there.
Developed by the team behind Mass Effect, Anthem is a big budget sci-fi shooter in the Destiny mold, where you’ll form a team of gun-toting, exo-suited soldiers to tackle raids and missions against a variety of space-faring species.
A new FIFA game landing in the autumn may be as predictable an event as the morning sunrise, but what makes the upcoming FIFA 19 special is the inclusion of the UEFA Champions League, bringing a whole new dimension to your matches. It’ll be out on 28 September.
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